Play (political) ball!

Play (political) ball!

Posted by Mike Riopell on Thu, 04/04/2013 - 13:36

Just in time for the first games of the season this week, the government transparency group Sunlight Foundation ran the numbers on the biggest political spenders in Major League Baseball.

And the Chicago Cubs were on top during the 2012 campaign, thanks largely to millions in donations from Joe Ricketts of the Cubs-owning Ricketts family.

But the MVP of last election's MLB donations, was without a doubt Cubs owner Ricketts, who bought the baseball team with his family in 2009. He established the conservative Ending Spending Action Fund, ironically lavishing the super PAC with more than $12 million to fight against wasteful spending.

We'll decline to analyze the Cubs roster of players and link it to "wasteful spending."

Cubs owners and employees gave $13.9 million in donations in 2012. The White Sox gave far less at just about $260,500.

But the White Sox have one of the few active players who donated. Second-baseman Gordon Beckham gave $500 to a Georgia state Senate candidate.

Lastly, The Sunlight Foundation has the partisan breakdown.

In fact, ball clubs gave four times more to Republicans than Democrats.

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